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1 Curriculum Night 2015 AUDITORIUM 6:00-6:40Program for Parents of Rising 9 th Graders 6:45-7:45Program for Parents of Current WSHS Students CAFETERIA 6:45-7:45 Curriculum Fair Focus: Rising 9 th Grade Electives 7:45-8:45Curriculum Fair Focus: Some AP Courses Focus: Electives for Upperclassmen

2 Curriculum Night 2015 Program for Parents of Rising 9 th Graders Welcome & Overview of the evening PowerPoint for Students – walk-through Overview of the Course Selection Process Where to Find Further Information AP Specific Information

3 Curriculum Night 2015 Program for Parents of Upperclassmen Welcome & Overview of the Structure of Tonight PowerPoint for Students – walk-through Overview of the Course Selection Process Where to Find Further Information AP Specific Information

4 West Springfield High School Overview of the Registration Process Graduation Requirements Course Sequences Curriculum Updates

5 WSHS School Counselors CounselorAssigned Caseload Jeff StahlLast Names A-B Austin HamillLast Names C-D Braden PetersonLast Names E-HI Steve MyersLast Names HO-LE Kara StamperLast Names LI-NE Katy SokoloveLast Names NG-RO Vanessa ElamLast Names RU-TH Evelyn ClumpkensLast Names TI-Z

6 What’s Different About High School? CHOICES: It’s all about making choices that impact your future! What are your goals? How can we help you get there? SCHOOL HOURS: 8:00 am-2:55 pm (Not final yet) Orange Days = Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 Blue Days = Periods 2, (LS,ST), 6, 8 CLASSES: No teams in high school. More independence but also more responsibility!

7 Is High School harder? YES... But there is a lot of help! Learning Seminar (LS) is a rotating 40 min. period of additional instructional time every Blue Day. (classes rotate throughout the year- and it is all pre-printed in your planner!) Spartan Time (ST) is a 45 minute period that offers an opportunity for remediation and enrichment in your classes. If you have C or better- where to go is up to you. If you have below a C, remediation may be required for that class.

8 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2019 SubjectAdvanced Diploma Verified Credits (SOL) Standard Diploma Verified Credits (SOL) English4242 History and Social Sciences4241 Laboratory Science4231 Mathematics4231 Health and Physical Education2020 World Language3 or Fine Arts or Career and Technical Ed Credit (Standard Diploma can use World Language) 1020 Electives (must include sequential elective for Standard Diploma) 3030 Economic and Personal Finance/ AP Micro Macro 1010 Student Selected TestN/A1 1 Total Credits269226

9 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2019 Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 44 Math 34 Algebra 1, Pt 1 NO, Elective Credit Only Geom Pt 1 NO, Elective Credit Only Computer Sci Yes, must include a CTE completer (i) Yes, only if Alg 2 is completed; must include CTE completer (i) Science 34 History 44 Health/PE 22 World Language N/A3 or 2+2 Fine Arts OR CTE 21 Econ & Personal Fin 11 Electives (must include sequential electives) 33 CTE Credential (ii) YESNO Virtual Course YES

10 VERIFIED CREDITS (Pass course/ End of Year SOL) Subject STANDARD DIPLOMA (22 CREDITS) ADVANCED STUDIES DIPLOMA (26 CREDITS) English 2 (both during Junior year) Math 12 Science 12 History 12 Student Choice 11 TOTAL: 69 Diploma Requirements for Class of 2019 VERIFIED CREDITS

11 Academic Levels College Level Curriculum Faster Pacing Significant Independent reading Significantly more HW AP Standard Curriculum Faster Pacing More independent work to go more in depth Independent projects Honors Standard Curriculum Standard Pacing Homework is for practice / review concepts from class Standard

12 Should I Take an Honors Class? Self-Assessment  A or B+ in that subject  Independent learner  Loves the subject  Good note-taker  Self-disciplined  Is organized  Independent reader  Desires academic challenge  Willing to commit extra time YES, but be sure to consider the BALANCE of your schedule and factor in outside activities  B or lower in that subject  Rely heavily on teacher instruction  Lacks interest in the subject  Does not take good notes  Often needs re-direction  Finds organization difficult  Prefers not to read outside of class  Prefers work to be easier  Would prefer to spend little time doing homework Probably Not this next year, but you should re-evaluate after you get the hang of high school..

13 Schedule for 9 th Grade Courses for a 9 th Grader who has PASSED his/her 8 th grade Courses 1. English 9 / English 9 Honors 2. World History 1 / World History 1 Honors 3. Health and PE 9 4. Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2) *Honors available in all 3 classes 5. Biology or Biology Honors 6. World Language (Advanced Diploma) or Elective 7. Elective

14 Factors to Consider when Selecting Electives The purpose of electives is to allow you to explore subjects that may help you to develop a new life or academic skill, develop career specific skills or knowledge, or develop a skill/talent outside of the core curriculum areas. Choose something that you are interested in!

15 Caution: moving on in Math and Languages For World Languages AND Mathematics, it is STRONGLY recommended that you have a B or better before moving to the next course. Why? The next levels of these courses build on your foundation from middle school! You have the option to repeat these classes if you feel you need a stronger foundation!

16 ExpungING Courses For World Languages AND Mathematics, these classes can be repeated freshman year if desired. You can request that the previous grade be expunged from your high school transcript. Continue working hard and you can make the decision at the beginning of your freshman year. *This must be done by the end of the 1 st quarter of your 9 th grade year!

17 Things to Consider Make an informed decision when picking your classes. Know what classes you are signing up for! Speak with your teachers about what classes they recommend for you. Talk to your school counselor if you have questions. Discuss your schedule with your parents. Once the school year starts, it can be difficult to change your schedule due to space available. So it’s important to choose wisely so you can get the classes that you want! You want to challenge yourself but not be overwhelmed. Think about your extra-curricular activities, the time you have to dedicate to courses, your academic strengths, and what you are interested in!

18 What’s next? 1. Go to the Course Selection Guide on the WSHS website and read descriptions of the courses. 2. Select 7 Courses plus 3 Alternatives. 3. Discuss your schedule with your parents and have them sign your course selection sheet. 4. Arrive prepared with a completed draft for your one on one academic advising session with your counselor. Counselor is there for questions, but pre- planning is a must to have a productive session.

19 Signed Course Registration sheet due back to Science 8 teachers by: FEBRUARY 5 th /6 th

20 Important Upcoming Dates February 13 th : Future Spartan Orientation 9:30 – 11:00 am at West Springfield HS. Rising 9 th graders come to WSHS to learn about electives, activities, & tour the building February 9 th : Curriculum Night 6:00 – 9:00 pm at West Springfield HS. Parents of rising 9 th graders come to WSHS to learn about graduation requriemetns and electives open to 9 th graders.

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22 Welcome to West Springfield! D ream Big W ork H ard B e Proud S partan S trong

23 Questions?

24 Curriculum Night 2015 Program for Parents of Rising 9 th Graders Welcome & Overview of the Structure of Tonight Power Point for Students - Walkthrough Overview of the Course Selection Process Where to Find Further Information Closing Remarks

25 Welcome to Best Springfield! W ork S mart = H ave S uccess


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